Lille is the fourth largest city in France (after Paris, Lyon and Marseille), located in the very north of the country on the border with Belgium. Directly in the city live about 234000 inhabitants, but if we include the adjacent parts so we get to 1510000 permanent residents. The River Deûle flows through the town.
Sights of Lille
Lille Cathedral (Basilica of Notre Dame de la Treille) – an important national monument Lille Cathedral. You certainly must not miss it during your visit to the city. The construction of the church began in 1854 and took 150 years until its completion.
Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille (Palace of Fine Arts in Lille Palace of Fine Arts) – a very important and visited art museum, one of the largest in France. You will find collections of antiques, but above all paintings, including very rare ones. You can find it on the Place de la République. It is open every day except Tuesdays. Monday afternoon only from 2 to 6 p.m., the rest of the week 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lille is a very important university centre. Not only within France, but also in Europe. Every year, up to 110,000 students expand their knowledge here. You can educate yourself here in virtually all fields you can think of.
Public transport Lille
Lille, like all other major cities, relies on public transport to transport passengers. For the city, this means, above all, relief from heavy traffic and unnecessary exhaust gases, and for passengers, it saves time and problems with parking their own car.
In Lille, the metro runs on two lines. It has a total of 60 stations and a total length of about 45 kilometers. An interesting fact is that it is completely automated. The transport of driverless metro cars was launched here as the first in the whole world.
The metro is then supplemented by tram lines (including intercity connections) and also by city buses. Some external lines have a range as far as Belgium, which is understandable given the proximity of the border.
Transport to Lille
Lille has very good connections to the high-speed rail network. By train, you can get to London (in 80 minutes), Paris (in an hour) or Brussels (in less than 40 minutes).
Thanks to the very good connection to the motorway network, a journey by car is a good choice for drivers. If you want to use a long-distance bus, Flixbus will take you here from many European cities without having to change trains. With early booking, tickets are also very affordable.
The fastest and, of course, the most convenient is air transport. Lille has its own international airport, located only 11 kilometers from the city center.